December 3, 2014 |
The Eagles' most important free-agent signing in the offseason was second-page news on the day he signed. Mark Sanchez's one-year contract with the Eagles had already been reported by the time the team officially announced it on March 28. His arrival as the backup quarterback to Nick Foles received a fair amount of attention considering Sanchez's history, but not long after his news conference later that morning it became an afterthought. DeSean Jackson was released less than an hour after Sanchez met with reporters and the conversation shifted from the former New York Jets quarterback and the then-unlikely proposition that he could supplant Foles to the discarding of a Pro Bowl wide receiver in the prime of his career.
November 24, 2014 |
There's a story about Danny Watkins and the Eagles, and it bears mentioning because the team's current top draft pick is struggling as much as the fireman did in his first NFL season. The Eagles knew from almost the first practice that Watkins didn't have what it took to perform in the pros, and certainly not at a level expected for a first-round offensive lineman. Before the Eagles had even donned pads in the lockout-delayed 2011 training camp, Andy Reid believed he had seen enough and confided to some in the organization that Watkins was a mental novice when it came to football.
November 21, 2014 |
THE SUBJECT was last spring's draft, but before I had a chance to ask Howie Roseman a single question, he said, "Let me remind you we are 7-3. " He was kidding, sort of, lightening the mood before fielding the inevitable questions about why his first-round linebacker, Marcus Smith, has been mostly a hood ornament this season, and why his third-round wide receiver, Josh Huff, has almost as many drops (four) as catches (six), and why his fourth- and fifth-round picks - defensive back Jaylen Watkins and defensive end Taylor Hart respectively - have yet to play a single defensive snap.
November 20, 2014 |
LAST SEASON, Earl Wolff made mistakes, but they tended to be aggressive mistakes, the kind coaches forgive in rookies. This season, Wolff never really emerged as the challenger to starting safety Nate Allen that the Eagles envisioned. Wolff's play was hesitant, and he still didn't show much of a grasp of the defense. After starting for Allen Nov. 2 in Houston, when Allen rested an ailing hamstring, Wolff was inactive against Carolina and Green Bay - a sure sign that his play against the Texans hadn't excited anyone.
November 12, 2014 |
When Eagles general manager Howie Roseman walked into Chip Kelly's office last March and informed him that Darren Sproles could be had for the price of a fifth-round draft pick, Kelly didn't have to think about it, didn't have to sleep on it, didn't have to scour through scouting reports or watch a bunch of film. It was, as they say, a no-brainer. He knew no one the Eagles could select in the fifth round of the May draft was as good as the 31-year-old Saints running back and return man; certainly, no one would be able to provide the immediate help to the Eagles' offense and special teams that Sproles could.
November 8, 2014 |
IF CHIP KELLY has soured on something, it might be the people he has to stand in front of and answer questions from several times a week. The Eagles' coach was asked yesterday about a report from earlier in the week on NJ.com that indicated the team might have been thinking of replacing quarterback Nick Foles with Mark Sanchez before Foles broke his collarbone at the end of the first quarter Sunday at Houston. Specifically, the report quoted a league source who said he thought some people in the organization, including general manager Howie Roseman, "kind of soured" on Foles as Foles struggled through the first half of the season.
November 2, 2014 |
Chip Kelly has heard all about a perceived Oregon bias when assembling the Eagles roster the last two seasons. Last week, he laughed at a new one: the Houston Texans pipeline to Philadelphia. "We just love Texans and Oregon guys," Kelly joked. "So run with it. " Seven former Texans are on the Eagles roster for the game Sunday in Houston: inside linebacker DeMeco Ryans, outside linebacker Connor Barwin, tight end James Casey, punter Donnie Jones, offensive lineman Andrew Gardner, wide receiver Jeff Maehl, and linebacker Bryan Braman.
October 17, 2014 |
Howie Roseman took a seat on the set of his radio show at Chickie's & Pete's in South Philadelphia on Monday afternoon with noticeable euphoria among fans in attendance and callers who wanted to chat with the Eagles' general manager. Roseman was hit with requests for autographs and photographs. He discussed some of the key acquisitions during the offseason. One caller praised his role in hiring Chip Kelly. Roseman, who is the only NFL general manager with a radio show, has sat in that chair during less friendly times.
October 7, 2014 |
Just before Bennie Logan lamented the Eagles' lack of killer instinct Sunday, before he conjured the image of a mixed-martial artist too forgiving and passive to endure the Octagon, general manager Howie Roseman sidled up to Logan's locker and jabbed his right hand toward him for a perky little fist pound. "All right, Ben," Roseman said as Logan, the team's 6-foot-2, 315-pound nose tackle, returned the gesture with more deliberation and less enthusiasm. Roseman kept moving around the room, and Logan continued speaking about a 34-28 Eagles victory over the St. Louis Rams that never should have been that close, about a defense that dominated the game's first three quarters, then damn-near disintegrated in the fourth.
September 30, 2014
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - In a span of 21 months, since the firing of Andy Reid and the final ascension of Howie Roseman, the Eagles have constructed as complete a football team as has been seen in Philadelphia in a decade. Oh, it has its flaws. The defense surrenders yards and points like the French. Chip Kelly's Machine Gun offense continually sputters, especially in the early stages of games, even before the offensive-line collapsed. Still, overall, the team has gotten production from everywhere.